Posts Tagged ‘Rock Point’

Summer thunder power

July 6, 2009

Last Friday afternoon I had an insane and amazing experience, getting caught on the beach in a huge thunderstorm.

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All day it was super hot and humid, lots of pressure building up.   We went out to our garden plot at Rock Point with a bunch of friends for a picnic and to work in the garden.  We weeded away, and then we walked out to Rock Point to swim.  Out there, the water was really choppy and we could see lightning to the north across the lake, so we walked back in and went down to Fred’s beach.  We left our bikes in the woods under a tree and walked onto the beach, just as it started to sprinkle.  I still thought we were on the edge of it, but it started to rain harder, and all of a sudden, it hit!  Crazy wind!  Rain!  Thunder and lightning!  Everyone was running around, wild.  All there was was the woods, the beach, the lake, and the storm.  Dale was running along the edge of the water, feeling the waves and rain whip up into his face.  You could see it coming down in sheets.  I ran back into the woods, trees creaking and cracking and branches coming down around me.  Clearly, the woods were the worst place for me to be.  I felt really scared, overwhelmed, excited, and exhilarated all at once.  I took off, sprinting down the beach away from the woods, running down the beach with the trees tossing all around until I reached the picnic shelter at North Beach.  There were a couple of other people caught under there, two scared little kids with their dad, teenagers, and a guy picking up cans and enjoying the storm, too.  We got cold under there, all wet, and did jumping jacks and rain dances to keep warm.  We waited and waited but the rain wasn’t really dying down, so we eventually just walked back to our bikes and our stuff in a pretty steady rain, and biked all the way home in a pretty steady rain.

I like being scared of the world.  I am glad that the weather is more powerful than me, and I like to be shown that. Especially together with a group of people I love, and in an insanely beautiful way.

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Summer photo dump

June 17, 2009

I’ve been busy.

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IMG_2706IMG_2801snake mountainFrom the top, my past three weeks:

Spring woods at Rock Point

Downtown Plattsburgh

Homemade sourdough

Camping coffee

David Byrne

Ladies of Addison summerfest

Addison county from Snake Mountain

Greens

May 24, 2009

Oh geez, it has been awhile since I have posted.  That is because it is MAY, and I have been busy being OUTSIDE.  This morning it is pouring rain and the Burlington marathon in happening — I can see those runners going by in the rain from the studio window.  Everybody is walking down to the waterfront to watch those sufferers bring it in, nipples bleeding, and get their silver superhero blankets.

The point of green land you can see in this picture is where our garden is — looking, in this view, from North Beach.  We’ve done a lot of work in it this week, and things that are starting to come up include: peas, radishes, mustard, mesclun, arugula, calendula, poppies, and carrots.  My transplants of onions, scallions, leeks, shallots, and cabbage are not doing so well since the light frost we had earlier this week, but there’s at least one plant of each hanging in there.  We’ve also planted corn, three kinds of potatoes, beets, beans, spinach, herbs, and nasturtiums.  All that is really left is to put in our pepper, tomato, and tomatillo transplants, probably next week, and the bottom third, which is all mounds of squash, cukes, melons and pumpkins.

Of course, while you are planting things to grow, all the edible greens that plant themselves are coming up too.  This is lambs quarters, or chenopodium album, which likes disturbed soil like your garden beds or compost piles.  You can eat it fresh or cooked any way, like spinach, but it’s more flavorful, nutty and a bit sharp.  It usually has magical, purple-pink fairy dust on it.  There are also plenty of nettles, garlic mustard, ground ivy, wild violets, and the bitter last bits of dandelion greens around.  Another new plant I just learned about is Japanese Knotweed:

It looks like this, and it’s invasive, and taking over Burlington in a BIG way.  As soon as it was pointed out to me, I started noticing it everywhere.  If you walk up (or, ahem, bike all the way up, like I did on Wednesday) Depot Street from the lake, look up on your right and you will see a FOREST of it.  Anyway, if you cut the stalks when they are young, about a foot tall, you can slice them up to cook and they taste like mild rhubarb.

Speaking of rhubarb, today Penny Cluse has a cornbread french toast special with rhubarb compote.